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Louis CK: 'I thought Saturday Night Live would cancel my host stint'

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Louis CK has admitted that he assumed Saturday Night Live would cancel his first-ever hosting stint this week.

The Louie star dropped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to promote Saturday's show and revealed that he was less than impressive at Monday's sketch rehearsal.

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"All the writers want their sketch in the show so there's a lot of stakes... I'm in all of [the sketches]. It's not what I do for a living at all," he stressed to Fallon.

He continued: "So I start reading and three sketches in, I figured out that100% of my lines, I did them wrong. Like, I messed them up... They've never cancelled a host.

"My brain went ahead to a moment where [producer] Lorne [Michaels] said, 'OK, let's stop'. And then [he'd] go take some people in a room and say, 'OK there's a hurricane. No-one would blame us if we cancelled'. And I realised they could totally do that!"

Louis CK further commented that he ultimately gained the confidence of the SNL staff by drawing on failures from his stand-up career.

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"I've bombed on stage as a stand-up thousands of times and all that failure is very educating," he recalled. "I'm so happy for all the bad things that happened to me because [this SNL session] was a nightmare, but then I knew from experience to just kind of stay even a little bit and try to find one tiny thing [to do right]."

He went on to say: "I did one [sketch] right and I got a 'Thank god he can do something' [from the writers]. And then it built and it built. Then, it got really great!"

The Louie star's guest on this weekend's SNL is fun., who are also first-time performers on the late-night sketch series.

Saturday Night Live airs at 11.30/10.30c on NBC.

Watch Louis CK discuss his SNL stint on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon below:

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